Thursday, April 22, 2010

Technological Stockholm Syndrome

Trey on Why Apple Sucks:
Apple has managed possibly the greatest marketing campaign in history, in which its customers are entranced by Apple’s perfection and innovation and inspired to be overly pretentious *ssholes. It also helps that the media is utterly infatuated with the company. Fact: If you own an Apple, you automatically gain at least 50 IQ points and suddenly the smell of your own farts becomes strangely pleasant and addictively sweet. ...

Granted, its products are innovative. The iPod was innovative, the iPhone was innovative, but the manner of upgrades/updates, pricing, and marketing are only misleading and deceptive for consumers, yet somehow everyone adores the punishment. It’s like an abusive relationship. Apple’s “planned obsolescence” or “forced upgrades” are glorified when they should be damned.
Personally, I stopped being impressed by computer technology sometime in the 20th century. I don't have any strong feelings one way or the other about Apple or Microsoft. I use MS/Intel computers because that's where the jobs were when I started as a programmer, and it's what I'm used to. If you use a Mac, and you're happy with it, good for you.